I was wondering if having one parent who was a former research scientist at Yale and a parent who only got masters at Yale would help boost my chance. Additionally, I have transferred to a top day school this year while moving to Los Angeles, and was wondering if the fact that I have repeated junior year would harm me (my gpa has always been solid).
A parent having a degree from Yale makes you legacy. The research scientist does not.
Repeating a year does not harm you; it happens all the time at boarding schools.
@skieurope Thank you for such a quick reply! I was wondering if the masters degree is inferior in legacy ranking than an undergraduate degree.
It is what it is. Considering Harvard does not consider graduate degrees at all, Yale is being generous.
Make no mistake though - while legacies have a higher acceptance rate, they are not shoo-ins.